news reports this morning was not for the faint of heart. Then sometime in the morning a plane slid off a taxiway at Salt Lake International Airport, and a decision was made to close all runways (first time in 20 years they had to close all runways). Now, hours later, they remain closed with many flight delayed or cancelled, and travelers wondering what to do now.
I had volunteered to drive my grandson to school at 1 p.m. for a little spelling bee. His class is off-track (year-round school schedule) right now, and so is not in class, but wanted to compete. Unfortunately, as conditions worsened at the morning progressed, I cancelled. I was sorry to do that, but thought it better for all of us to stay home and stay safe.
Normally, precipitation falls either as snow or rain in this state. Freezing rain is rare and requires the specific conditions that exist right now. It comes down to this long-term inversion we've had that has kept us well below freezing temps the whole month of January (apart from just two days). Here's how the weather people explain it:
This is one of the worst days on Utah roads that most people even remember. I have felt so anxious thinking about family members who had to go to work in this.
Of course, there are the global warming deniers who take a day like today and say, "What Global Warming?" I happened to see an interesting article just today on what's causing this fierce cold weather. To make it simple: Global warning = less sea ice = sudden
stratospheric warming event in Arctic = colder, snowier weather in North
America and Europe.
As for me, I made a cup of hot cocoa for some extra comfort this afternoon. Chocolate for a little lift, and a hot mug to hold onto for comfort.